Organizing and Clipping Multiple Coupon Inserts

When I first started getting multiple coupon inserts I was overwhelmed by the task of having to cut all of those coupons. That was until I found out about this method. I want to share in hope I help someone else.
In this example I am clipping coupons from five All You Magazines from August.

First, open all the magazines on the same page:

Rip all the pages containing the same coupon and collate them:

Staple the coupons together, do this as away from the barcode as you can. Then all you need to do is clip the coupons. All of your coupons will be kept together by the staple. When you need to use a coupon just take it from this stapled group.

I usually cut all of the coupons from All You magazine. That’s because I don’t want to keep all of these magazines around, so I just go ahead and clip them all. Chances are I will trade most of the ones I don’t use and what I don’t trade I send away as extras in trading envelopes.

That’s not the case for insert coupons though. I use the same strategy for turning my multiple inserts into one:

I open the inserts into the same page and start putting together the pages. I staple the coupons in the pages together Then I clip those coupons I am most likely to use or know that I will be trading right away.


Then I reassemble the inserts together. I label them with the date on the front. I keep the inserts inside a clear plastic sheet protector and in a big binder.

That way when I hear about a deal that needs X coupon from X insert date, I just refer to this binder and search for the insert by date. This is the system that works for me. It is just not appealing to me to clip every coupon. I am a true cherry picker when it comes to deals. Sure, I may miss on some clearance deals because I may not be carrying that coupon. But because I only clip those coupons that I know I will use, if I find something that is on clearance and I don’t have a coupon with me then I probably don’t need it to begin with.


  • Mama Koala

    I am so glad you shared this! I feel like I’m drowning in coupon clutter, and am trying to get organized.

  • Kathie

    Can I ask who you share coupons with? do you send away a certain amount at a time? i have a ton i dont use that i would love to participate in a coupon trade that way i get what i will use in return. You can email me that info here tndrkiss4u (at) hotmail (dot) com. I appreciate it. =)

  • Dr. Mom

    Thanks for your post. I have been using paperclips to hold like coupons together but it is such a pain. Stapling is so much better!

  • Anonymous

    I have been using this method for a couple months and love it! So much easier and I 100% agree…if I didn’t plan for an item and find it on clearance, then I probably didn’t need it. I can always see if they still have some when I go back the next time…if not, it’s okay!

    Sarah

  • JANE4girls

    riffparker, from HCW, has a you tube video on cutting multiple inserts, it is great.

  • Mercedes

    Kathie,
    I have been trading my coupons in Hotcouponworld’s trading forum. They also have a lot of coupon trains. I highly suggest that you check them out.

    Erin, That’s where I learned this. But I wasn’t sure he would be OK with me linking to his video.

  • Tammy W

    THANK YOU!!! It is great to hear how other people organize!

  • BusyMom

    I love this idea. I had never thought to handle them this way. It will make coupon organization that much easier.

    I might have to check out the coupon swaps as well.

  • GiddyRobinMama

    ooohhhhhhhhhh i like it… what a brilliant idea. I think I will try this, i have multiples of most too!

    Thanks!!!!!!!

  • Jana (sidetrack’d)

    Great idea! I am in desperate need of a better system; the other day my husband looked in my coupon drawer and said, “we really need to do something about this.” Thanks for sharing!

  • Jana (sidetrack’d)

    Great idea! I am in desperate need of a better system; the other day my husband looked in my coupon drawer and said, “we really need to do something about this.” Thanks for sharing!

  • Jana (sidetrack’d)

    Great idea! I am in desperate need of a better system; the other day my husband looked in my coupon drawer and said, “we really need to do something about this.” Thanks for sharing!

  • Brea

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAahhhhhhhhhhh great info! I’ve been trying a binder system that’s not quite working for me. This will though!
    Thanks

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  • erika hampton

    Personally I use a photo album. The type where you slide the photos in from the side. They come with so many pages, and I was able to really break the catagories down into specific subcatagories. I alphabetized them , so all I have to do is flip to the alphabetic page, and voila! I put individual stores a slot , one slot per store (target,publix,kmart etc); also a slot for freebies, BOGO, etc.

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